Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The King of Laughter
(Qui rido io)

Year: 2021
Country: ITALY
Language: Italian
Run Time: 133 minutes

The King of Laughter
The King of Laughter
The King of Laughter
The King of Laughter

Performing for a full house night after night in 19th century Naples, Eduardo Scarpetta adores the spotlight. Known for his hilarious stage plays, he lives for opulence and his pompous, self-absorbed self. A man of many roles—father, uncle, and rumored womanizer—Eduardo flourishes in his lavish villa, home to his wife, children, and a growing number of relatives who can’t help but hate to love their famous benefactor. After attending a performance written by the famous poet D’Annunzio, Eduardo dreams of bringing an adapted version to his own theatre company. His, by contrast, will entertain audiences as a comedic parody rather than the original’s dark, tragic nature. With verbal approval from the author, Eduardo prepares his cast for the new show’s opening night. But the performance sparks harsh outrage with accusations of plagiarism, and Eduardo faces a pivotal court decision where he stands to lose everything. Based on the biography of actor and playwright Eduardo Scarpetta, THE KING OF LAUGHTER unveils a beautiful homage to classic Italian theatre. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

KeyBank State Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 2:15 PM

Sunday, April 03, 2022 at 7:15 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Competition
International Narrative Competition

Director
Mario Martone

Producers
Carlotta Calori, Francesca Cima, Nicola Giuliano

Screenwriting
Mario Martone, Ippolita di Majo

Cinematography
Renato Berta

Editing
Jacopo Quadri

Principal Cast
Toni Servillo, Maria Nazionale, Cristiana Dell'Anna

Film Contact

Community Partners

ORMACO: Ohio Regional Music Arts and Cultural Outreach

Italian Cultural Garden Foundation

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